Council President's Update: Nov. 25, 2019

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A Thanksgiving Holiday Message

As we approach the holiday season, I want to take a moment to wish you and all your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving overflowing with peace, love and happiness. It is an honor to serve as your District 4 representative and your Council President. I am thankful for everything you do to make Montgomery County a great place to live, work, play and raise a family.

A medida que nos acercamos a la temporada festiva, quería tomarme un momento para desearle a usted y a todos sus seres queridos un feliz día de acción de gracias. Que en su hogar colme el amor, la paz, alegría y abundancia. Es un honor servirle como su Concejal del Distrito 4 y como Presidente del Concejo. Gracias por todo lo que usted hace para que nuestro condado sea un lugar ideal para vivir al que todos podemos llamarle hogar.


This Week at the Council

At tomorrow’s Montgomery County Council meeting we will introduce Bill 36-19, Contracts and Procurement - Office of Grants Management - Established, which would establish an Office of Grants Management as a principal office of the County’s Executive Branch. I am the lead sponsor of Bill 36-19, which has the goal of increasing efficiency in the County’s grants process and in managing the grants received by the County. As a former co-founder and executive director of a non-profit organization, I understand how important it is to have continuity and predictability in your budgeting process, and the Office of Grants Management will help with that. The Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee, which I chair, and the Health and Human Services Committee, have worked hard to craft this legislation. You can read more here

The Council also will introduce a supplemental appropriation of $500,000 to the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Operating Budget of the Department of Finance, for the Economic Development Fund Grant and Loan Program. This appropriation would support the expansion of Supernus Pharmaceuticals in Montgomery County. County law requires that the County Executive fund all business incentive packages that are valued at more than $500,000 through a supplemental appropriation. Supernus Pharmaceuticals intends to invest about $18.2 million to relocate its headquarters within the County. The project includes an additional 68,000 square feet of leased space and 160 jobs above its current base. A public hearing on this appropriation is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 10 at 11:30 a.m. You can read more here.

The Council also is scheduled to appoint Selena Mendy Singleton as the Clerk of the Council. She comes to the Council with more than 15 years of experience in coalition building and civic engagement, and most recently served as chief operating officer for the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. We welcome here to the Council team.

Finally, I held a press briefing today to discuss the Council’s many accomplishments in 2019, which include the enactment of the Racial Equity and Social Justice Act, the CROWN Act to prevent hair discrimination, passing an education-first budget, establishing and funding the Early Care and Education Initiative and much more. See my remarks at the briefing here.

As always, you can view the Council’s and Committees’ agendas and stream Council and Committee meetings live and after the fact here. You can sign up to testify at public hearings here, and read our Council Coming Attractions for an overview of everything that’s coming up.

Thank you, and I hope you have a wonderful week.